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  • adj. Having the quality of desiring gratification.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the quality of desiring gratification.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Characterized by or of the nature of appetite.
  • Appetizing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to appetite


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  • There is one principle with which, as we were saying, a man learns, another with which he is angry; the third, having many forms, has no special name, but is denoted by the general term appetitive, from the extraordinary strength and vehemence of the desires of eating and drinking and the other sensual appetites which are the main elements of it; also money-loving, because such desires are generally satisfied by the help of money.

    The Republic of Plato

  • The vegetative power, whose functions are nourishment, growth and reproduction, is related to appetite, and is called the appetitive soul.

    A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy

  • But improving treatment for PTSD and other conditions (researchers are targeting the "appetitive" memory in addicts) is a laudable goal.

    To Pluck a Rooted Sorrow

  • They'll pump out this dry language with words like "appetitive" and "phenotypic" but they won't use any pleasing visual aids, on that one-out-of-a-thousand occasion on which it is directly related to the chosen topic.

    House of Eratosthenes

  • Whether consumed with a meal or alone as a snack, the beverage elicited the weakest (negative) appetitive response, the solid food form elicited the strongest appetitive response and the semisolid response was intermediate.

    Dr. Sharma’s Obesity Notes » Blog Archive » Don’t Drink Your Calories

  • "If we remain with our arms crossed, we will remain in the hands of organized crime, we will always live in fear," the president said in the essay, which also blames Mexico's violence on the United States 'voracious appetitive for illegal drugs.

    10 Mexican Federal Officers Killed In Latest Drug-Gang Attack

  • His tendency to portray humans as appetitive beasts flatters our present eagerness to explain every aspect of human conduct in biological terms.

    Real Government Efficiency

  • "Liberals, on the other hand, are proving to be more responsive to positive/appetitive stimuli, more responsive to happy faces, and more sensitive to gazes."

    Study: Liberals, conservatives differ on following eyes

  • Similarly, another experiment used a cookie-scented candle to further gauge whether appetitive stimulus affects consumer behavior.

    Boing Boing

  • This doesn't mesh well with the theory that games engage us through an ongoing appeal to appetitive and aversive drives.

    Build Your Own Sheldon Syllabus


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